Ibadi binding covers from the Mzab Valley | أغلفة المخطوطات الإباضية بوادي مزاب

A few years ago, I wrote a short post on unsewn textblocks in Ibadi manuscripts in the Maghrib. That idea was connected to some preliminary conclusions by codicologist and conservator Karin Scheper on characteristics of Northwest African and "Berber" bindings. She suggested that "stabbed bindings" (Figure 1) and unsewn bindings were both common features of … Continue reading Ibadi binding covers from the Mzab Valley | أغلفة المخطوطات الإباضية بوادي مزاب

Recent Article on the Buffalo Agency & an Apology to Augustin Jomier | مقال جديد حول وكالة الجاموس واعتذار للأستاذ أغوطان جومي

An article of mine recently appeared at the end of last year (2018)  in the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts (Brill) entitled "Ibadis on (and in) the Margins: Manuscript Notes from the Buffalo Agency in Early-Modern Cairo." In it, I lay out the starting point for my book project on the Buffalo Agency relating to the … Continue reading Recent Article on the Buffalo Agency & an Apology to Augustin Jomier | مقال جديد حول وكالة الجاموس واعتذار للأستاذ أغوطان جومي

The owners and life cycle of Ibadi Manuscripts: AK157 from the Buffalo Agency | أصحاب المخطوطات الإباضية ومراحل حياتها: “أك١٥٧” من وكالة الجاموس نموذجا

As part of a project on the history of the Ibadi community in Cairo in the Ottoman period, I have been looking through digital facsimiles of manuscripts from the private library of Shaykh Aḥmad al-Khalīlī, the Grand Muftī of the Sultanate of Oman. I noted in a previous post that this and several other libraries … Continue reading The owners and life cycle of Ibadi Manuscripts: AK157 from the Buffalo Agency | أصحاب المخطوطات الإباضية ومراحل حياتها: “أك١٥٧” من وكالة الجاموس نموذجا

From the Jebel Nafusa to Cairo: Notes on Ibadi Print Culture and the Buffalo Agency (part 2: Qāsim al-Shammākhī) | من جبل نفوسة إلى القاهرة: ملاحظات حول ثقافة الطباعة عند الإباضية ووكالة الجاموس (الجزء الثاني: قاسم الشماخي)

I return here to the first Ibadi newspaper published in Cairo in the 20th century: the Nibrās al-Mashāriqa wa-'l-Maghāriba, which was recently published in one volume Oman in 2014 (ed. Ṣulṭān al-Shahīmī). The paper ran for about three years (1322-1326AH/1904-1906CE) under the direction of Qāsim b. Saʿīd al-Shammākhī & Muṣṭafā b. Ismāʿīl al-ʿUmarī. In the previous … Continue reading From the Jebel Nafusa to Cairo: Notes on Ibadi Print Culture and the Buffalo Agency (part 2: Qāsim al-Shammākhī) | من جبل نفوسة إلى القاهرة: ملاحظات حول ثقافة الطباعة عند الإباضية ووكالة الجاموس (الجزء الثاني: قاسم الشماخي)

From the Jabal Nafusa to Egypt: Notes on Ibadi Manuscripts, Print Culture, and the Buffalo Agency in Cairo (part one) | من جبل نفوسة إلى مصر: ملاحظات حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة الطباعة ووكالة الجاموس في القاهرة (الجزء الأول)

Thanks to the good folks over at Ibadica in Paris, I recently obtained a copy of the printed edition of the first Ibadi newspaper from Cairo, the Nibrās al-mashāriqa wa-'l-maghāriba (ed. Ṣulṭān al-Shahīmī) re-published in one volume in Oman in 2014. [1] This fascinating publication ran for about three years (1322-1326AH/1904-1906CE) under the direction of Qāsim b. … Continue reading From the Jabal Nafusa to Egypt: Notes on Ibadi Manuscripts, Print Culture, and the Buffalo Agency in Cairo (part one) | من جبل نفوسة إلى مصر: ملاحظات حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة الطباعة ووكالة الجاموس في القاهرة (الجزء الأول)

Oddments from a “Nukkārī” Ibadi Library: the al-Ṣāṭūrī Library in Jerba, Tunisia | بقايا من مكتبة “نكارية”: مكتبة الصاطوري بجزيرة جربة (تونس)

Over the past several years, I have worked with private manuscript collections belonging to families in Jerba, Tunisia. The island is home to several well-known libraries, including those belonging to the Barouni (al-Bārūnī), Ben Yagoub (Bin Yaʿqūb), El Bessi (al-Bāsī), and Batour (al-Baʿṭūr) families. A lesser-known but equally important collection belonging to the Satouri (al-Ṣāṭūrī) … Continue reading Oddments from a “Nukkārī” Ibadi Library: the al-Ṣāṭūrī Library in Jerba, Tunisia | بقايا من مكتبة “نكارية”: مكتبة الصاطوري بجزيرة جربة (تونس)

Book out now: “Ibadi Muslims of North Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) | صدر كتاب جديد: “إباضية إفريقيا الشمالية (منشورات جامعة كامبريج، ٢٠١٨)

I am excited to announce the publication of my first book, Ibadi Muslims of North Africa: Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2018), available here on Amazon.co.uk. It will be available on the US-based site soon. You can also take a look at the table of contents and see … Continue reading Book out now: “Ibadi Muslims of North Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) | صدر كتاب جديد: “إباضية إفريقيا الشمالية (منشورات جامعة كامبريج، ٢٠١٨)

Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة

Historians interested in Ibadi and other Arabic manuscripts (including me) often treat manuscripts separately from printed materials in private libraries. But in the second half of the 19th century, when Arabic lithography witnessed an explosion of production in urban centers like Cairo and Tunis, Ibadi manuscripts and lithographs (and other types of printing later) existed … Continue reading Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة

Catalog of Ibadi & Other Arabic Manuscripts at the Association pour la sauvegarde de l’île de Djerba (ASIDJ) | فهرس المخطوطات الإباضية وغيرها من المخطوطات العربية في مكتبة جمعية صيانة جزيرة جربة

After a series of short visits beginning in 2014 and ending just this week, I'm delighted to offer a preliminary catalog of Ibadi and other Arabic manuscripts held at the library of the Association pour la sauvegarde de l'île de Djerba (ASIDJ) in Houmet Souk, Djerba. This library has an eclectic and fascinating collection of … Continue reading Catalog of Ibadi & Other Arabic Manuscripts at the Association pour la sauvegarde de l’île de Djerba (ASIDJ) | فهرس المخطوطات الإباضية وغيرها من المخطوطات العربية في مكتبة جمعية صيانة جزيرة جربة

Preserving Endangered Archives in Jerba, Tunisia: The al-Bāsī Family Library | الحفاظ على الأرشيفات المهدّدة في جربة: مكتبة الباسي العائلية

The Journal of Manuscript Studies (3:1, Spring 2018) has just published a short research annotation by my colleague Dr. Ali Boujdidi and myself, describing our project on the El Bessi (al-Bāsī) family library in Jerba, Tunisia. The article is available here on my Academia.edu page. This project, carried out from July 2017-March 2018, included the … Continue reading Preserving Endangered Archives in Jerba, Tunisia: The al-Bāsī Family Library | الحفاظ على الأرشيفات المهدّدة في جربة: مكتبة الباسي العائلية